March 7, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Minister of Communications)

Liberal

Mrs. Sauve:

Mr. Speaker, I am afraid the hon. member does not quite understand how the satellite system operates. One has to program a Canadian satellite with the signals one wants people to be able to receive. Even when there is an individual receiving station, that station just cannot be simply beamed anywhere. There are international agreements which preclude allowing an earth station to be beamed on just anybody's satellite.
We decided 10 or 12 years ago to go into the space industry precisely because we wanted to maintain a sovereignty in the field of communications. If one has one's own satellite, then it can be programmed to allow for the distribution of signals, which new earth station policy will allow to be done more effectively and more flexibly.

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Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   CRTC POLICY ON SATELLITE RECEPTION-MINISTER'S POSITION
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